The host galaxy of 3C 279
Tuorla Observatory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, Väisäläntie 20, 21500 Piikkiö, Finland e-mail: email@example.com
2 Nordic Optical Telescope, Apartado 474, 38700 Santa Cruz de La Palma, Spain
Accepted: 9 August 2009
We have obtained a deep i-band image of the blazar 3C 279 while the target was in a low optical state. Due to the faintness of the optical nucleus we have made the first detection of the host galaxy. The host galaxy has an apparent I-band magnitude of and an effective radius of () arcsec. The luminosity of the host galaxy MR = -23.8 is consistent with the luminosities of other radio-loud quasar host galaxies. Using the empirical correlation between bulge luminosity and central black hole mass Mbh we estimate , broadly consistent with values obtained by photoionization methods.
Key words: galaxies: active / quasars: individual: 3C 279 / galaxies: nuclei
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